Fantasy Draft Week 7 Bargain Buys

The first thing I thought this week when I was looking at the schedule is ‘picking a Fantasy Draft line-up is going to be tough this week. The reason for this is I like to build my team around my QB. I either go cheap and then fill my team with studs or I take the hit and go big with a top end option. However, with Green Bay, Cincinnati, Denver and Chicago on a bye and the Bills playing the Jaguars in London, there are six teams removed from the pool of players. Add in that the Patriots are playing the Jets and some other tough match ups and suddenly some of the position pools look awfully thin and leaving very little option but to go for the dreaded mid-price QB.

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I cannot find a ‘cheap’ quarterback who excites me this week so I am probably rolling with Matt Ryan ($14,100) or Philip Rivers ($13,200).

Frank Gore $9,500 NO @ IND: The Saints are giving up 20 points a game against running back heading into this week after being gashed by the superb Devonta Freeman. The Colts will need to run the ball and stay balanced if there passing game is to be at its most effect and therefore that lends towards a big day for the ageless Frank Gore. Gore is averaging 12.25 fantasy points per week and had three touchdowns this season, which I expect him to add to this week.

Danny Woodhead $9,000 OAK @ SD: This one should just be a fixture every week because I love Woodhead at this price point given how poor the running back position is at the cheap end. The Raiders haven’t been particularly susceptible to running backs this season but Woodhead is more of a receiver who lines up in the back field. Woodhead averages more than 4 catches and 61.8 yards per week, placing him over 10 points for just the receiving part of his job alone.

Martavis Bryant $9,900 PIT @ KC:Bryant was huge last week with two really impressive touchdown receptions and 137 yards in his return game. While he won’t score two touchdowns every week, he should be able to put up decent yards as the third weapon the defense has to account for in the offense. Landry Jones is a major negative but Bryant has the speed to turn short receptions into long ones and increase his value. This week he gets to play the awful Chiefs secondary who are giving up 32 points to wide receivers each week.

Stefon Diggs $8,900 MIN @ DET: Two NFL games and two great performances for Stefon Diggs with 216 yards on 13 receptions so far. He appears to be a big favourite of Bridgewater and is seeing plenty of targets. This week against Detroit (giving up over 20 points a week to WR’s) the Vikings should find themselves in a shootout and Bridgewater will be looking towards Diggs regularly once again.

Riley Cooper $6,000 PHI @ CAR: This is a real hail mary because the price is ridiculously low. Cooper is being used to run deep route for the Eagles and Bradford looked his way regularly against the Giants. He only has to catch a couple of those and he will put up close to 10 points which for $6,000 is a huge bargain. The fear is that he will spend time being covered by the superb Josh Norman which could all but negate him from the offence this week. If you need a real bargain play then this is the one this week.

Ladarius Green $6,700 OAK @ SD: Even after shutting out Owen Daniels two weeks ago Oakland are still the worst defence against tight ends for fantasy giving up nearly 15 points a week. The Chargers have two very good tight ends who I both expect to have big days in an offence with ailing wide receivers and a QB who likes to get the ball out quick. Gates will be my first choice if I can afford him but I do love Green if I need to save a few bucks either at tight end or flex.

 

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